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Potter praises beleaguered Bullls
Widnes win puts us in striking distance, says Bradford coach
It (the result) puts us in striking distance and might leave a few people a bit nervous because a team that has been deducted six points - do they want them in the eight? Have we warranted it and should we even have a chance to be in the eight?
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Mick Potter paid tribute to his side after the Bulls came from behind to claim a 38-26 victory over Widnes at a rain-lashed Odsal on Sunday.
The Bradford boss, who has been working without pay since being made redundant by the cash-strapped club, singled out experienced Australians Heath L'Estrange and Brett Kearney for special praise following the win.
"I thought those two were very good for us, along with Ben Jeffries, and they were probably the difference and gave us a little bit more variety in our game and more ball for us to utilise," he said.
"It wasn't a game for the purist today. They'd obviously play in dry conditions but we had two dumpings of rain and you just have to adapt and adapt quickly.
The victory saw the Bulls force themselves back into the top-eight reckoning but Potter questioned whether the beleaguered club would be welcomed in the end-of-season play-offs.
"It (the result) puts us in striking distance and might leave a few people a bit nervous because a team that has been deducted six points - do they want them in the eight?
"Have we warranted it and should we even have a chance to be in the eight? But the players have worked very hard to be in the eight and the fans want to see them in the eight."
"There's a bit of work to do yet but it sets up for a fantastic game against Hull KR on Friday - it's a short turn around for both teams - but it should be a great game."
Widnes coach Denis Betts was left to reflect on another game where his side was competitive but ultimately came away without the two points.
"We conceded some soft tries and switched off a couple of times and they are a really good side who deserve a lot of credit considering what's going on around them," Betts said.
"Were still showing encouraging signs - we were even when we were getting heavily beaten.
"We are getting better but we wanted to win today - it was the same in the Hull KR game (which they also lost narrowly the previous week) - we were good enough to win that game and I believe it was the same today."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Thursday 24th July|
|20:00||Hull vs Castleford|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|19:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Salford 35 - 22 Hull|
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